Brushing with Braces

Brushing with bracesHelpful Tips to Keep Teeth Clean While Wearing Braces

Brushing your teeth while wearing braces can be tricky at times, but keeping teeth healthy is important to make sure they’re free of debris that can cause stains, cavities, and swollen gums. When your teeth are covered in brackets, it may seem like brushing can be a challenge. There’s a lot of little spaces that need to be cleaned. But we’re hear to tell you, brushing is actually not as hard as you may think.

Here’s Some Brushing with Braces Basics:

1) Food can get stuck in braces pretty easily, leading to a fast plaque buildup. Daily brushing is a great way to clear away debris and particles, to avoid any future problems.

  • Rinse mouth with water first to remove loose food particles
  • Rinse your toothbrush too with hot water to clear away any debris
  • Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums
  • Use short, back and forth strokes to clean between wiring and outer surfaces
  • Brush teeth for two to three minutes and do your tongue too

2) Flossing is important, with or without braces. Always floss once a day, at the end of the day, to be sure you’re getting all the pesky food particles that may have accumulated during meals.

Follow these helpful flossing tips:

  • Thread the floss under your archwire and between teeth
  • A floss threader (similar to a large plastic needle) can be helpful
  • Thoroughly floss all sides of your teeth

3) It’s always a good idea to replace a worn out brush, with or without braces. When you have braces, be sure you choose a brush with soft bristles to prevent irritation to teeth and gums.

If you have questions or concerns about caring for your braces, remember we are always here to help. Just remember to take your time and brush gently. Your smile will thank you (and so will we)!